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From the Branches: A pair of Game Sixes

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Philadelphia and Vancouver will both try to keep their seasons alive tonight.

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The second round is winding down—there was only one game last night, and there are only two on the schedule tonight. Yesterday, the Avalanche beat the Stars 4-1 and lived to fight another day; they’ll play Game 7 on Friday. Naz is still in it, folks.

As for today’s games, after saving their own asses in OT on Tuesday night, the Flyers will try to emulate the Avs and push the Islanders to a Game 7, and across the country in Edmonton, the Canucks will attempt the same in their game against the Golden Knights. Please join me in holding Sean Couturier, especially his general lower body region, in your hearts and minds before the game tonight.

Today’s Games

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders, Game 6 (Islanders lead 3-2)
7pm ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks, Game 6 (Golden Knights lead 3-2)
9:45pm ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

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